Niousha Roshani is a social scientist, entrepreneur, and expert in youth development, entrepreneurship and innovation in contexts of violence and social exclusion. She has completed her PhD in Education at the University College London (UCL) and holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Cornell University.
As a practitioner and researcher working with young people of African descent in Latin America, she has been working with civil society organizations across the region highlighting the positive approach of African-descendant youth in their communities and their resistance to social exclusion and racial discrimination. She has also been consulting with a variety of digital and media platforms such as Google implementing digital initiatives with young African-descendant leaders in Latin America. She was a research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center in 2015-16 where she investigated the discourse of digital racism, media and young people of African descent in Colombia and Brazil from a political, social, and economic perspective.
For over a decade, she served as the Executive Director of the Nukanti Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering youth to address the social impacts of long-standing conflict, poverty, and human rights violations. Having been raised in Côte d’Ivoire and lived in Latin America for nearly two decades, she is compelled to contribute her knowledge and experience for the development of young people of African descent in Latin America to their full potential as well as contributing to the region’s re-positioning on a global scale.